Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Another (verbal) Public Tantrum by Kevin Love



Babies cry when things aren't going their way.  Their diaper is full.  They're hungry.  They're cold.  They're warm.  They're tired.  They're sick.  They're uncomfortable.  Pretty much anything outside of their normal happy state = cry time.  I don't have a ton of experience with babies but that is what I've come to know with some limited experience with nieces and nephews.  I actually have more experience in dealing with professional sports superstars as a fan.  What I've found is that babies and superstars have a lot in common.

In a recent article on Yahoo Sports by Adrian Wojnarowski, the quotes of superstar Kevin Love regarding his view of the organization paying him $62 million over 4 years remind me all too much of a baby's thought bubble while wailing over a soiled diaper.

From the Yahoo Sports article - 
"I don't know who labels people stars, but even [T'wolves owner] Glen Taylor said: I don't think Kevin Love is a star, because he hasn't led us to the playoffs," Love told Yahoo! Sports. "I mean, it's not like I had much support out there.

"That's a tough pill to swallow."

Regarding an incident in which after a loss Kahn brought a contract offer sheet for him to sign while Love was in the training room -
 "I'm not the one to always follow professional protocol – but I do know what it is, even at 24 years old,"

Regarding his knuckle push up injury -
"Even people in my own organization were asking if it was a legitimate injury, people calling my honesty and integrity into question," Love says. "And that's what really hurt me."

Regarding Kahn's moves as GM -
"You walk into the locker room every year, and it's completely turned over," Love says. "There's new guys everywhere. And then it happens again and again. You start to wonder: Is there really a plan here? Is there really any kind of a … plan?"

On the Wolves becoming more than a playoff team and a contender -
"And that's on me to do my part, to get us there," said Love, but the franchise won't have a benefit of doubt from him. "I'll have the leverage."

"I haven't been in the playoffs yet," Love says. "I'm looking at my contract in the eye of two years from now, and if I haven't been to the playoffs – or it's been one playoff berth – well, it's going to be tough to say, 'Oh well, I'm going to stay here and continue to rebuild.' "

"Look at different teams around the league," he says. "Look at a San Antonio that continues to add talent around [Tim] Duncan and [Manu] Ginobili and [Tony] Parker. Look at what happens in Oklahoma City, the players they continue to add around their star players. Even the trade they had where they lost [James] Harden, they still added players that were going to fit well in their system. And speaking of small markets, look at a team like Memphis and all they've been able to accomplish. They're getting the most out of their entire organization."

About feeling a lack of respect from the organization and the basketball world -
"That's the crazy thing about this: There's this whole [expletive]-up, cynical thing going on in my head, where I love people telling me what I can't do, telling me this is what you're going to be, this is your ceiling. Just everybody projecting for me. I'm not breaking any bounds or barriers saying this, but I think all kids – white, black, purple, whatever color – in basketball should never put a limit on themselves.

"I've had plenty of people tell me who I was going to be, and I feel like, for the time being, I've exceeded that."

Lot's to say there Mr. Love.  Now that you've said all of that, what do you think you've accomplished?  Did you help team morale?  Did you help create a feeling of positivity around your team that is about to welcome Rubio back?  Have you made fans like you more?  Even for yourself, have you made yourself more marketable?  Have you helped other teams GMs look at you favorably?  Have you made players looking at Minnesota as free agents, who maybe able to help you towards your goal of being a contender, more or less likely to look at this organization in a positive light?

Honestly, have you done anything by saying all of this other than help Adrian Wojnarowski write a hit making story?  Or get back at Kahn for not giving you that max deal by embarrassing him again in public with a writer known for painting Kahn as an idiot?

Good work hot shot!

As for "Professional Protocol" you don't quite have that down at 24, if you did you would have kept this in-house.  It is fine to have these gripes against the organization, but spewing them out on Yahoo just looks like a whiny baby.

Regarding the locker room turnover, would you rather still be playing with Sebastian Telfair, Wes Johnson and Michael Beasley?  Cause Phoenix is warmer this time of year, and they'd love to have you.  Heck they may even throw in that 5th year in your contract.  Uh oh, one issue though, you won't be winning jack there and that is important to you too.  Shucks...too bad, those guys really helped your offensive rebound stat pumping opportunities.

I kind of find it odd that you are bitching so publicly about your organization right at the beginning what is likely to be it's best season in near a decade.  "That's a tough pill to swallow" as a fan.

This entire rant by Love is tough to swallow.   It's not the first rant by Love, it won't be the last.  In fact, one has to assume, unless the Wolves rack up a NBA title or the Wolves extend Love with the max deal (or both?) that Love's rants about how crappy the Wolves franchise is will only increase in frequency.  Won't that be a thrill!  Even with the rants, having Love on the Wolves is nice when he is on the court.

Along with Rubio, Love has given us all hope in our Pups and I'll take that for 2 more seasons, when Love can then opt out of the contract he hates (but signed).  We love our little baby power forward here in Minnesota, even if he does cry a lot in public places leaving us embarrassed when people gawk at our awkward handling of the tear spewing toddler.  We've all seen that parent at Target, now we are that fan at Target Center.

 

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